Thursday, August 11, 2011

LANCET: NHS IT PROJECT A DISASTER

If there were an award for the world's most mismanaged national health project, England's National Programme for IT in the NHS would be a strong contender, if not outright winner. Started in 2002, Tony Blair's brainchild has, like the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, gone badly wrong.



The main aim of the project was to create a fully integrated centralised electronic care records system to improve services and patient care by 2007.



The budget for the undertaking was a substantial £11·4 billion. 9 years on, the Department of Health has spent £6·4 billion on the project so far, failed to meet its initial deadline, and has had to abandon the central goal of the project because it is unable to deliver a universal system.


OBAMACARE WILL WORK ABOUT AS WELL.



ASIDE: If they cancel it entirely, do you think IT managers all over Britain will riot amnd loot?



Just asking.

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